So, as the title of my post suggests, my new job has everything to do with ears. I am officially called a "hearing instrument specialist," and I aspire to one day be a doctor of audiology. Basically I clean, fix, and sell hearing aids to the hearing impaired.
At first I thought that being a hearing instrument specialist was going to be pretty boring (you know, dealing with grumpy, deaf people all day long), but it's actually turning out to be one big party. The guy I work for (Roy) is the man! He's great with old people, so they are always excited to come in, and we have a lot of fun laughing and joking with them.
Every once in a while, however, we have to deal with some real grumps. One guy came in a few days ago, determined to belittle us and our hearing aids by using every big word he knows (and some he doesn't). This is how the conversation went down:
My boss: "How can we help you today?"
Grumpy: "I abhor this hearing instrument."
Boss: "Well why's that?"
Grump: "There is an industrial sibilant noise when I enter an atmosphere of harsh sounds."
Boss: "Well I know how to fix that for you!"
Grump: "It is expedient that you do so."
(My boss fixed them in like ten seconds)
Boss: "How's that sound to you?"
Grump: "That is vastly superior. You deserve my deepest gratitude."
Yeah...I had a pretty hard time stiffling my laughter throughout that entire appointment.
Another interesting character showed up at the office this week. From what I've been told, this certain lady comes in from time to time, complaining that something doesn't sound right: first it was her violin, then it was her fridge, then it was the air conditioning, and on and on and on. She comes in whenever something doesn't sound just right. So anyway, the other day she came in to pick up her repaired hearing aid, and she brought her violin with her to the office! And she played it for like 15 minutes to make sure every note sounded just perfect before she went home! Yikes. At least she won't come in soon to complain about the violin.